Kim Kashkashian - everything you need to know about the star violist

Let's take a moment to celebrate one of the world's finest violists.

Violist Kim Kashkashian during a rehearsal in Malb

Photo: Claire Stefani  

World-renowned violist Kim Kashkashian was born in Detroit, Michigan. Her breakthrough came in 1980, when she was awarded second prize at the Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition and the ARD International Music Competition in Munich. 

She has gone on to champion both traditional repertoire for her instrument and new music, with a number of acclaimed recordings on the ECM label. 

Here she is with Brahms Viola Sonata No. 2. Stunning stuff.